Which medications are used in the treatment of breast abscesses and masses?

Updated: Jul 27, 2020
  • Author: Andrew C Miller, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Prescribe pain medication to patients with a breast abscess as necessary. NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, are preferred because they are not transferred through breastmilk. Preparations combining acetaminophen with codeine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone may be used depending on the level of discomfort but should be avoided in breastfeeding mothers with concern for sedation and respiratory depression in the infant.

Prescribe parenteral narcotics for pain control while awaiting definitive surgical therapy.

Continue antibiotic therapy for 14 days after drainage.


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